Tottenham winger Andros Townsend hit with four month ban after breaching betting regulations
Three months of the ban are suspended
Tuesday 04 June 2013
Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has been banned from all football and football activity for four months, three of which are suspended, after breaching betting regulations.
An independent regulatory commission hearing imposed the sanction, which has been backdated to May 23 when he voluntarily withdrew from the England Under-21 squad.
However, a statement released by the Football Association revealed that the three months of the ban have been suspended until July 1 2016.
They will be automatically invoked upon a proven breach of the FA's betting rules during that period.
"Townsend, who was also fined £18,000, was charged for breaches of FA Rule E8(b) for misconduct in relation to betting, which he admitted and requested a personal hearing," read the statement.
With Townsend's ban effectively reduced to one month, the 21-year-old will be available for the start of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season.
He spent a successful loan spell at QPR, arriving at Loftus Road in January, and while the club were relegated he received frequent praise from manager Harry Redknapp.
Once the FA had charged him with breaching their betting regulations, he pulled out of England's squad for the European Under-21 Championship in Israel and was replaced by Birmingham's Nathan Redmond.
Townsend was not accused of betting on matches he had any involvement in, but the FA operates strict rules that forbid gambling on a wide spectrum of games.
A product of the Tottenham academy who had loan spells at various clubs, including Ipswich, Millwall, Leeds and Birmingham, he came to prominence at QPR last season with his energetic displays, emerging as one of the few highlights of a disastrous season.
With the future of Gareth Bale in some doubt - Real Madrid are leading the chase for the Wales winger - Townsend could be close to breaking into Spurs' first team.
Latest in Sport
Radamel Falcao: 'Changes are not easy, but there are times when you have to'
Female BBC presenter receives offensive and sexist letter after she criticised level of women's sport given TV coverage and sponsorship
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
West Brom vs Arsenal: Aaron Ramsey desperate to be back in the middle for Arsenal title challenge
Arsenal fan asks the Queen for tickets to the FA Cup final - gets a reply from Buckingham Palace
- 1 Crystal meth addict 'gouged out his eyes and ate them' while high on drug, Australian MP claims
- 2 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 3 Group of students refused entry to Leicester nightclub 'because they are black'
- 4 Irish people are travelling home from all over the world so they can vote to legalise gay marriage
- 5 Arsenal fan asks the Queen for tickets to the FA Cup final - gets a reply from Buckingham Palace
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland